India fights back in 2nd Test against Australia in Bangaluru
Mar 06 2017 by Kelly Saunders
India ended the day with a lead of 126 runs in the second innings, as the wicket at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru continued to bemuse one and all. Now, in the second Test has started just a day before yesterday and India batted first.
At one stage India were 120/4 and at that stage a partnership was needed and that's when we saw Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, two very fine batsmen, technically very well equipped, play very well.
Resuming the final session at 122/4, Pujara and Rahane ensured that the hosts did not lose any more wickets with the Saurashtra right-hander getting to his 14th Test half ton off 125 balls.
Pujara's confidence might be down to the fact that India's bowlers were persistent all through and let Australia score only 197 runs on the day.
Pujara said conceding only 197 runs and taking six wickets represented a strong showing from the bowlers.
STUMPS! Wicketless session for the Aussies as both Pujara and Rahane batted with a lot of focus and determination.
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The duo kept the score ticking and didn't succumb to pressure on a hard batting track.
Lyon again got turn and bounce but the strategy to wait for the off-break to turn helped them negate his threat.
Such was a spirited attack by India that none of the bowlers showed any dissent when given the ball and they all bowled their hearts out sans any luck.
It was Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood who rattled the Indian top-order with his three wickets, including the prized scalp of skipper Virat Kohli in the afternoon session.
Realising that they were not in the situation to go searching for wickets, India's bowlers opted to build pressure by stifling the flow of runs.
India down 120 for 4 was looking through the barrel with just 33 runs overall lead when Pujara and Rahane joined.
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O'Keefe lured Rahul into a drive outside off stump and a diving Smith took a brilliant one-handed catch at first slip. The hosts had been bundled out for just 189 in the first innings. It was the kind of fight expected from the Indians, who knew that a bad performance today would put an end to their chances of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In an interesting move, Jadeja was sent ahead of Rahane, a move that backfired badly.
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At a stage of the second Test where India had been rolled over for less than 200 on what was once considered the country's premier batting deck, and Australia had laboured more than a day to nose past them, Pujara had many less-travelled scribes wondering if "post-truth" had taken root on the subcontinent. The visitors took to the field on Monday with a desire to consolidate on their overnight score of 237 for six, but could add only 39 runs in 16.4 overs while losing four wickets.
His departure for 26 triggered a collapse with Australia being rolled for 276 to give them an overall lead of 87 runs.
"On the fourth day, a few will keep down and a few will bounce up". He finished with the figures of 39/1 from 23 and Umesh ended with 57/1 from 24 overs. We will look get four wickets first.
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